|Daytona Beach-Orlando, Florida|
|Slogan||Univision Orlando (general)
Noticias Univision Florida Central (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 49 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
|Translators||WVCI-LP 16 Orlando (city)
W46DB 46 Melbourne
|Owner||Entravision Communications Corporation
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
|First air date||September 15, 1988|
|Call letters' meaning||Ven (Spanish for "come")|
|Former callsigns||WAYQ (1988–1996)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
26 (UHF, 1988–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1988–2000)|
|Transmitter power||120 kW|
WVEN-TV, virtual channel 26 (UHF digital channel 49), is a Univision-affiliated television station that is licensed to Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. The station is owned by Entravision Communications Corporation, WVEN operates UniMás owned-and-operated station WOTF-DT (channel 43) through a local marketing agreement with that station's owner Univision Communications. The two stations share studios located in Altamonte Springs, and its transmitter is located in Christmas.
The station's transmitter has sufficient signal coverage to reach Orlando and Melbourne, Florida. However, WVEN's signal is relayed on two low-powered translator stations in order to ensure that the station's signal adequately covers both areas: these stations are WVCI-LP (channel 16) in Orlando and W46DB (channel 46) in Melbourne.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|26.1||1080i||16:9||WVEN-DT||Main WVEN-TV programming / Univision|
WVEN's digital signal transmits on channel 49 and originates near Orange City.
WVEN-TV terminated its analog signal, on UHF channel 26, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 49. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WVEN-TV's virtual channel as 26.
The station first signed on the air on September 15, 1988 as WAYQ, a satellite station of WAYK (channel 56, now WOPX-TV) in Melbourne, which had a poor signal in Orlando and Daytona Beach. At the time, the station's transmitter was located near Pierson, the northernmost town in Volusia County. However, while channel 26 would cover Daytona Beach with a city-grade signal, it was too far north to provide Orlando with a clear signal. The stations ran a general entertainment format with cartoons, drama series, first-run syndicated shows and older movies, with nearly the entire schedule consisting of barter programming.
In 1992, WAYK and WAYQ were both sold to Robert Rich, who changed their format to feature more paid programming. The two stations' callsigns were respectively changed to WIRB and WNTO.
In 1996, the two stations were split up with Paxson Communications acquiring WIRB, while WNTO was purchased by Entravision Communications. At that time, Entravision moved its low-powered Univision affiliate, WVEN-LP (channel 63) to the channel 26 signal (which was then given the WVEN callsign, which are taken from the word "ven", the Spanish word for "come") increasing its viewership across east central Florida. Meanwhile, channel 56 became WOPX and eventually became a charter affiliate of Pax TV (now Ion Television), when it launched in August 1998.
WVEN produces evening newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. newscast under the Noticias Univision Florida Central (formerly Noticias Univision Orlando until 2010), along with local news updates that are broadcast on weekday mornings during Univision's morning news program Despierta America under the title Despierta Orlando. WVEN partners with sister radio station WNUE-FM, providing them with news briefs and breaking news events as they warrant.
- Paul Gamache - anchor; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
- Sharon Miranda - anchor; weeknights at 6 p.m.
- Ana Carolina Pereira - weeknights at 6 p.m.
- Henry Golac - meteorologist; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
- Farah Paret - sports anchor; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
- Iris Delgado - general assignment reporter
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